Gun permits skyrocket in first five months of 2021

Gun permits skyrocket in first five months of 2021

Crime and Courts Between Jan. 1, 2021 and June 2, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office has received 1,058 applications for permits to carry and 726 applications for permits to purchase. In all of 2020, the sheriff’s office received a combined total of 3,690. If you woke up Friday morning and decided now was the time to apply for a permit to carry a gun in Olmsted County, it would be at least a month until you could get an appointment with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. You wouldn’t be alone, though, in getting a permit. Over the past 15 months, applications in the county have skyrocketed. "Every presidential election we see an increase (in permit applications) as there gets to be more discussion about gun control," Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said. "And now, it’s just not stopping." Between Jan. 1 and June 2, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office has received 1,058 applications for permits to carry and 726 applications for permits to purchase. In all of 2020, the sheriff’s office received a combined total of 3,690 — 1,630 permits to carry and 2,060 permits to purchase. Data from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows that the sheriff’s office issued 329 permits to carry from Jan. 1, 2020, to May 31, 2020. During that same time frame in 2021, the sheriff’s office issued issued 1,302 permits to carry. To deal with the increase, Torgerson and Chief Deputy Brian Howard asked county commissioners last week to allow them to […]

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